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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Better Access to Alternative Care
By Editorial Staff
Dr. James Gordon, chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, stated at a December 5 press conference1 in Washington, D.C., that the commission plans to recommend to Congress in its interim report on July 2001 that CAM therapies become more integrated in mainstream health care.
"The experience of these people and other testimony we have heard convinces us that improvements in the provision of CAM therapies are crucial," said Dr.Gordon.
Dr. Gordon also suggested that reimbursement for CAM services become a benefit under Medicare and Medicaid. "If these government agencies began reimbursing for these services, other third-party payers would follow suit."
Established by President Clinton in March 2000, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy functions to "provide a report, through the Secretary, to the President on legislative and administrative recommendations for assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits to Americans of complementary and alternative medicine."
Michigan HMO Offers Massage, Other CAM Services to Members
Care Choices HMO, a subsidiary of Trinity Health - Michigan, has signed an agreement with Landmark Healthcare, Inc., a nationwide complementary alternative health care provider, to provide Care Choices HMO members with a full range of alternative health care services.
Under the guidelines of the agreement, Care Choice HMO members have full access to massage therapy, chiropractic, and nutritional counseling at discounted rates.
Commenting on the new program, Care Choices HMO's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Baker, enthused: "Our decision to work with Landmark to establish a complementary wellness program provides our members with access to a full range of alternative healthcare services that meet growing consumer needs."
Members can choose practitioners from the HMO's "Natural Options Provider Directory" and present their ID card when arriving for treatment. Landmark is managing the provider directories for the massage therapy, chiropractic and registered dietician networks. For more information, contact Landmark's website at www.landmarkhealthcare.com.
Northwestern Health Sciences University Adds Massage Program
Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota is now offering a 760-hour massage therapy program. The program, consisting of five 15-week academic terms, includes more than 350 hours of hands-on lab and clinical experience at seven public clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
"Professional massage represents an important niche in the health care field," commented Mike Skoglund,MA, associate dean of Northwestern's College of Arts and director of the massage therapy program. "The massage therapy program at Northwestern is dedicated to advancing the public's perception of massage therapy and increasing public acceptance of massage therapy as an important health care option."
The university also offers programs in chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, and integrated health and wellness.
NIH Announces New Centers for Dietary Supplement Research
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the University of Arizona at Tucson will be the sites for Centers for Dietary Supplement and Research with an emphasis on botanicals.
The awards were granted by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), in collaboration with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - two arms of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - bringing the total to four NIH-supported centers studying the health effects of botanicals. In 1999, dietary supplement research centers were funded at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Purdue Center for Dietary Supplement Research on Botanicals will study the health effects of polyphenols, a group of chemical components common to such foods as soy, grapes and green tea. The University of Arizona Center will focus on the healing properties of ginger, turmeric and boswellia.
"These competitive awards of approximately $1.5 million each per year for five years were made as a result of efforts by Congress to explore more fully the potential role of botanical dietary supplements," noted Paul Coates,PhD, director of the ODS.
Stephen Strauss,MD, director of NCCAM, added, "These centers will critically evaluate various botanicals presently in use, and provide valid information to aid the American public in making informed decisions."
Foot Levelers Expands Continuing Education Seminars to Include Massage Therapists
Foot Levelers, Inc., a provider of flexible orthotics, continuing education seminars, and other health care services to the chiropractic profession since 1952, has expanded its continuing education program to include massage therapists.
Scheduled seminars will focus on evaluation of the lower extremities, myofascial therapy, and practical skills to manage stress, reduce physical and mental pain, and increase overall energy.
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